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New York Digital Citizenship Day

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

Common Sense Media Leads Statewide Participation and Local Celebrations on New York Digital Citizenship Day

New York City – On October 2, Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, will partner with lawmakers, educators, and advocates for New York Digital Citizenship Day, a statewide initiative to teach kids to be responsible and safe in the digital world.

Don’t miss: free event on October 2nd at LaGaurdia High School 100 Amsterdam Ave (at 65th St.), 5-6:30pm. Here is the link for info and to RSVP

Educators across the state will use Common Sense Media’s free digital literacy and citizenship curriculum to teach lessons on thinking critically, behaving safely, and acting responsibly online. In New York City, the day will launch with a press event and classroom visit at Westside Collaborative Middle School featuring Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, New York City Department of Education, and Councilmember Robert Jackson, chair of the New York City Council Education Committee.

“Our students are tech savvy, and we want to make sure they make informed decisions and behave properly online,” Chancellor Walcott said. “I applaud Common Sense Media for hosting Digital Citizenship Day to help our students make the most of technology’s potential to inspire and enrich their education.”

Also attending the morning press event will be Amy Perry DelCorvo, CEO and executive director of the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE); Nadine Jackson Ivey, School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS); Mike Lorion, general manager of education at Common Sense Media; and principals and teachers from two Connected Learning Schools.

“New York Digital Citizenship Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the need for digital literacy and citizenship education in every school in New York and across the country,” said James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media. “Learning to be a good digital citizen is central to our children’s success in the 21st century, and we applaud the many stakeholders who have come together for this initiative with the goal of preparing kids to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.”

New York Digital Citizenship Day will also feature an engaging town hall at LaGuardia High School cohosted by Common Sense Media and MTV and led by Sway Calloway, executive producer of MTV News. Chancellor Walcott and Councilmember Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, will open the evening event, which will include live performances and panel discussions with teens about the challenges and opportunities of growing up in the digital world.

Digital Citizenship Day is a continuation of New York’s demonstrated commitment to digital literacy and citizenship education. So far more than 2100 schools across the state work with Common Sense Media’s free K-12 digital literacy and citizenship curriculum, and last spring, New York schools pilot tested Digital Passport™, an award-winning web-based platform from Common Sense Media that teaches elementary students the basics of digital life.

In addition to the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Council, NYSCATE, SAANYS, and MTV’s A Thin Line, Digital Citizenship Day is also supported by HIVE New York and edmodo. For more information about the initiative or to attend the press breakfast, please contact Crista Sumanik at

About Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to:

Press Contacts:
Crista Sumanik

Julia Plonowski

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About Rhys Daunic: Rhys is the founder and director of The Media Spot, a media literacy education consulting organization that facilitates student media productions, and develops media literacy curricula with educators throughout the country and abroad, primarily within New York City public schools. Read more about Rhys and The Media Spot. Rhys is currently on the Executive Committee (Secretary) of the NAMLE Board of Directors. View author profile.

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